We were honoured to have Mayor Ed Holder speak to us this morning.  The Mayor (an honourary  member of the Rotary Club of London )   recounted highlights of his first year in office and the challenges of a new council working on important issues.  Ed described the difference between working with volunteers in Rotary and working with elected members of council.  Rotary volunteers all get behind a project and work on it together; while elected officials come with different agendas and have to learn to work together and may or may not get behind a project.  Ed talked about the initiatives to increase the employment participation rate in the city.  The city has launched a program to collect job vacancies and opened a portal for job seeker to find jobs.  If successful London will increase its participation rate to the national average from its current low level.  He responded to questions about affordable/social housing that the city is working on and to the problem of police and EMS workers waiting to turn over people to medical staff in the hospitals.